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Almanac - Friday 2/9/18


Carmen Miranda and Carole King enjoy(ed) their birthday today!

Today is Friday, February 9, 2017, the 40th day of the year with 325 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 7:06am  
  • Sunset: 5:42pm

...giving us 10 hours and 37 minutes of daylight.  39% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 12:50pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 12:14am/1:41pm
  • Low: 6:35am/8:53pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Feast of St. Maron - Lebanon
  • St. Apollonia's Day, patron of dentists

It’s also…

  • National Bagel Day
  • National Pizza Day
  • Read in the Bathtub Day
  • Toothache Day

On this day in…

1825 - The U.S. House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president. No candidate had received a majority of electoral votes.

1861 - The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis as its president.

1870 - The United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service (NWS).

1884 - Thomas Edison and Patrick Kenny executed a patent application for a chemical recording stock quotation telegraph (U.S. Pat. 314,115).

1885 - The first Japanese arrived in Hawaii.

1895 - Volley Ball was invented by W.G. Morgan.

1895 - The first college basketball game was played as Minnesota State School of Agriculture defeated the Porkers of Hamline College, 9-3.

1900 - Dwight F. Davis put up a new tennis trophy to go to the winner in matches against England. The trophy was a silver cup that weighed 36 pounds.

1909 - The first forestry school was incorporated in Kent, Ohio.

1932 - America entered the 2-man bobsled competition for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games held at Lake Placid, NY.

1942 - The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II.

1942 - Daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the U.S.

1943 - During World War II, the battle of Guadalcanal ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.

1950 - U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. This was the beginning of "McCarthyism."


1960 - A verbal agreement was reached between representatives of the American and National Football Leagues. Both agreed not to tamper with player contracts.

1960 - The first star was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was for Joanne Woodward.

1969 - The Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight.

1971 - The San Fernando Valley experienced the Sylmar earthquake that registered 6.4 on the Richter Scale.

1971 - The Apollo 14 spacecraft returned to Earth after mankind's third landing on the moon.

1975 - The Russian Soyuz 17 returned to Earth.

1984 - NBC Entertainment president, Brandon Tartikoff, gave an interviewer the "10 Commandments for TV Programmers."

1989 - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. completed the $25 billion purchase of RJR Nabisco, Inc.

1995 - Bernard Harris became the first African American to walk in space.

1997 - "The Simpsons" became the longest-running prime-time animated series. "The Flintstones" held the record previously.

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...

  • William Henry Harrison 1773
  • George Ade 1866
  • Amy Lowell 1874
  • Ronald Colman 1891
  • Brian Donlevy 1899
  • Carmen Miranda 1909
  • Bill Veeck 1914
  • Ernest Tubb 1914
  • Gypsy Rose Lee 1914
  • Kathryn Grayson 1922
  • Brendan Behan 1923
  • Roger Mudd 1928
  • Robert Morris 1931
  • Jo Ann Prentice 1933
  • Janet Suzman 1939
  • Barry Mann 1942
  • Carole King 1942  
  • Joe Pesci 1943
  • Barbara Lewis 1943
  • Alice Walker 1944 - Author ("The Color Purple")
  • Mia Farrow 1945 - Actress
  • Joe Ely 1947 - Musician
  • Major Harris 1947
  • Judith Light 1949 - Actress ("Who's the Boss?")
  • Dennis "DT" Thomas (Kool & the Gang) 1951
  • Charles Shaughnessy 1955
  • Julie Warner 1965 - Actress
  • Charlie Day 1976 - Actor ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia")
  • Ziyi Zhang 1979 - Actress ("Memoirs of a Geisha")
  • David Gallagher 1985


David Latulippe is host of On the Arts, KALW's weekly radio magazine of the performing arts, as well as for Explorations in Music, and the Berkeley Symphony broadcasts. He has also hosted and produced the radio series From the Conservatory, Music from Mills, and Music at Menlo, and is principal guest host for Revolutions Per Minute.